X-Men: First Class, Man of Steel, Cowboys & Aliens: Apr 28th Comic Reel

Thu, April 28th, 2011 at 8:10am PDT | Updated: April 28th, 2011 at 8:17am

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Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Here at CBR, we have another trailer for the film. This one may be the best of the lot ... and not just because we finally get to hear Mystique say something:

Meanwhile, Lucas Till tells IGN a little bit about playing Havok. "Historically Alex has never been able to control his power either, so it's always been outbursts with a lack of control. In the comics he has a suit that absorbs excess energy but it was more like a meter that would tell him how much power he has, whereas in this one I have something that channels it because I can't control it myself. So I have a chest-piece that focuses the ray so I don't blow my team-mates up," the actor said. He also discusses Havok's relationship to fighting in the film, looking athletic, and fan expectations. Lastly, if you'd like a little "inside baseball" news on the film, The Hollywood Reporter has a look at the complicated screenwriting credit situation which sees the original writers' names being removed and someone who never wrote a word on the project receiving story credit. "The stakes are high because credited writers typically become eligible for bonuses and royalties if the films do well (as they often do)," they write.

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

MAN OF STEEL

Variety reports that actress Antje Traue has been cast as Kryptonian villainess Faora in the film. They expect the character to be based on her more recent appearances as an "orphan metahuman with the ability to disrupt molecular bonds, which allowed her to create a mutagenic virus that served as the linchpin of Zod's plan."

Release date: 2012?

COWBOYS & ALIENS

Co-writer Roberto Orci tells MTV News about writing the upcoming Western/Sci-Fi mash-up. "One of the first things that occurred to us was when we started thinking about how these things would go together were the archetypes for each genre. What's one of the classic western archetypes? A man comes into town with no name. And what's one of the main alien archetypes? Abduction and missing memories. So we said, 'What if a man comes into town with no name because he doesn't remember his own name... because he was abducted by aliens?'" he explains. "So the genres started fusing together. We started to realize there was an overlap. Aliens are known for cattle mutilation, so what if one of the characters was a cattle rancher? Suddenly you're finding that they actually go together in an organic way when you find the right elements." I look forward to seeing how that melding plays out.

Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex spoke with star Chris Evans and director Joe Johnston about the tone of the film. Using "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as a comparison, Johnston said, "The great achievement of [that film] was the tone and the fresh feeling of the movie. It was period but didn't feel like it was made in the period. It felt like a contemporary film about this period in the past, and that is the goal we have with 'Captain America.' And I can say this — it definitely has an Indiana Jones pace." Worried that the effects work used to turn him into a 98-pound weakling could break the tone, Evans was relieved when he saw the completed shots. "They nailed it, it works," he said. "They really put a lot of time into it."

Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011

THE LONE RANGER

Armie Hammer, the actor who nearly became Batman in the aborted "Justice League" project and memorably played the Winklevoss Twins in "The Social Network" is in talks to take up the mask of the Lone Ranger according to Heat Vision. "No dealmaking has begun, but Hammer has met with director Gore Verbinski for the role," they write. "If all goes well, Hammer would star opposite Johnny Depp, who is playing the Lone Ranger's partner, Tonto." I still think Hammer could play an interesting Batman, but perhaps a white hat will fit him better.

Release date: TBA

THOR

Director Kenneth Branagh was surprised when Movieline told him about the early sequel plans mentioned by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige last week. "It's is kind of news to me," he said. "I'm thrilled they're that confident. I shall wait for the audience to tell us whether there should be a second one, and then if that's a nice conversation to be had between all of us, that'd be thrilling. But I've got too much Irish superstitious blood in me to assume that 'Thor 2' will happen. But if Marvel says so, then I guess it must be true." Meanwhile, Comicus.it interviewed Haris Zambarloukos, the film's director of photography, about the look of the film. "We had to create a Utopian world in Asgard and many of the influences for the lighting came from paintings that had these references: a shadowless, glowing world; one where there are no obvious sources of light other than fire, moon and sun. Earth is a mix of cyan mercury lamps, florescents and incandescent light coming from all directions... Asgard has the opposite... single source, soft glow that wraps around our characters faces and has an intangible origin," he said of lighting the different worlds the characters inhabit.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011

DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT

Mania.com has a look at some storyboards from the film featuring the demonic Belial. This particular board shows the creature in a close-up shot:

Release date: April 29th, 2011

SMALLVILLE

Here at CBR, we have video of executive producer Brandon Petersen discussing this week's episode, "Dominion."

TV Guide has a first look at the upcoming "Prophecy," an episode in which "Clark Kent's cousin Kara (Laura Vandervoort) will join forces with Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley)." They have a few more specific details that may be spoilers, so click through with caution. Alternatively, just take a look at this photo from the episode:

Finally, Warner Home Video announced that "Smallville: The Complete Series" will be released on DVD in the fall. The box set will contain all 218 episodes of the series and the never-aired 1961 "Superboy" pilot amongst other special features.

Airs: Fridays

THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS

Everybody's seen the trailer for "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows Part 2," right? I finally came around and watch the whole series over the last few months. While I still find the central character to be dull, the world he inhabits and characters like Snape, Ron, and Luna Lovegood are interesting enough for me to look forward to this final installment. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of the next big fantasy movie series.

TAGS:  x-men: first class, man of steel, cowboys & aliens, captain america, the lone ranger, thor, dylan dog: dead of night, smallville

 
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